The City Carrot Runners are keeping Islington streets clean while exercising by ‘plogging’.
Plogging is the exercise of picking up litter from the street while running. The rubbish is then put into public bins or recycled back at City.
Running in fluorescent green, the City Carrot Runners are built up of City, University of London staff.
Their running routes cover Kings Square Gardens, Macclesfield Road, City Road and then along Regents Canal up to Shepherdess Wall Park and Moorland Street on the way back to City.
On their most recent plog, they covered three kilometres in 30 minutes, picking up six tote bags worth of paper, card, tins, plastic bottles, plastic bags and disposable coffee cups.
Kevin Jones, a Course Officer at City who organises the runs said: “One of our runners, Nikki Page from Cass Business School came up with the idea that we try plogging and everyone was immediately behind it.
“We see it as a way of giving back to the community that we run in and making it a better and cleaner place for everyone who lives, works or studies here.
“I was surprised by how much litter we were able to pick up and happy to see that the streets look much cleaner after we have ran through them!
“Hopefully we can keep helping to improve the look of the streets and parks that we run through and even encourage those who see us to do something too.
“We are planning to plog once a month until the end of this year and then see if we want to increase or keep to the same pattern in 2020.”